It is school holidays here and we went away for a week – to here
It was a lovely week away.
Anyway, it meant I had a bit of knitting time.
I knitted two more pussyhats (some friends had asked for their own hats) and then I wanted to knit something that wasn’t pink! I have been knitting a very generic sock – although it seems to be a bit saggy despite my reducing my calf measurement by an inch. Swatches lie!
I have started work on another hat – this will be my fourth.
School is back and it is taking me a while to settle into the new routine. I have finished a sleeve – but interrupt that to work on more pussyhats …
At the end of Friday’s embroidery class I unpicked almost all of the day’s progress… I think things are going to be like that for the next few weeks – not getting much done and then when I do I stuff it up.
I have been away on holiday – to Rottnest and the best thing about Rottnest is that there is not much to do, so you have time! I finished another pussyhat and as you can see above worked on my Blank Canvas. I have made it to the point where I start increasing (after all the waist decreasing).
I do like this version who can forget such memorable moments as Mr Darcy in the bath, Lydia running into Mr Collins while scampering about in her undies, Mr Darcy’s wet shirt? And the costumes – I do love beautiful period costumes. I have the book The Making of Pride and Prejudice, which is full of fabulous information about the production and has a chapter on costume, hair and make-up.
Mood Board for Mr Darcy and a design for Caroline Bingley
I made a hat! For the pussyhatproject – I used this pattern because I wanted to be able to knit in the round. The yarn is Cleckheaton Country Aran 10ply in Colour 4016 (magenta).
Now I just have to make another one, and another one because I am confounded and distressed about what the election in the US and Brexit means for the rest of the world (and what it says about people in general).
I have lost track of the number of times I have started to knit this yarn! It is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Dk in Tease. My latest effort is here – I just seem to lose concentration and it all goes pear-shaped.
I decided to knit something without a pattern/texture/stitch design to see if I could get the basic jumper shaping thing sorted.
I did what I am calling a cheat’s swatch in the round (instructions were here) – I managed to get gauge (both stitch and number of rounds – miraculous! I am sure my swatch is lying to me) with the second set of needles I tried, so now I just need to get on with it.
One further concern is the volume of yarn required – I stashed 1394m and the pattern tells me I need 870m, but I have lost a bit of yarn in all of my previous attempts.
I took advantage of the black friday sales and enrolled in this course. I had considered it a couple of times, but the only item that really interested me was the zip pouch. However, I am sure I will learn more techniques with the other bits as well.
Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnival – Symphony Blue
I went to my local yarn store (it has new owners and now is much friendlier) and bought more yarn (because you can never have too much yarn!). This is so soft! I have decided I need to make something to wrap around my neck. My current plan is the Nowhere Cowl by Kate Atherley (I already had the Better Elsewhere e-book in my Ravelry library – because I seem to have an obsession with sock yarn). So now I just need to finish my Favourite Scarf(I think my version is going to be incredibly long – maybe I should have made it wider?).
The embroidery is finished! By the end it was terribly out of alignment – more a rhombus than a square. I have blocked it, but I suspect I will have to block twice.
I have been terribly grumpy all day today – for no real reason, but I feel angry. Two hard games of netball didn’t help although often a good run around can lift my spirits.
Anyway, to feel less wild, I decided to ignore my to do list and knit …
This is the second half and I don’t think I have too much more to do, which is great because I have subscribed to the Inspired by Islay club that Kate Davies is running. I always love her patterns (even if I don’t knit them) and her essays are fabulous.
So I completely stuffed up my knitting – not sure what happened, but the Yarn Overs were out of alignment. To the point where I had to fix it. I tried unknitting back to the place, but seemed to lose stitches in the process. Then I tried to rip it back to below the error and start again. This has never worked for me in the past – I usually end up starting again. And I must admit my first two attempts ended badly, but then, somehow miraculously, I managed to get the right number of stitches back on the needle and I don’t even think I twisted any!
I found this video (via Mason Dixon Knitting), which gave me the confidence to have a go – after all it’s only knitting the worse thing that could happen is that I would have to start again.